How to Find Inspiration (without banging your head on a brick wall)

Everyone knows that if you wait till you have inspiration to write, you will never write anything, etc. Blah, blah, blah.

*ahem* This is all true, but that’s not what we are talking about today. So, shove that all aside, please.

Today we are talking about finding inspiration, which is also entitled, “How to kidnap plot bunnies.” 

Because every writer needs inspiration at some point in time. Otherwise, how do we get ideas of what to write? How DO we find these ideas? (This is actually a very large, existential question. Whenever someone asks me where I get my inspiration, I freeze and have no answer but, “My….brain???”)

So, grab your butterfly net, some carrots, and a pair of binoculars and head out into the wilderness!!!

Here are some directions:



Getting outside can really get those wheels turning, even if it’s just a stroll around the block. Or even a stroll through your back yard. (It’s called, “Walking the grounds.” *sips tea snobbishly*)


Go to the gym. I mean, if working out is your thing. I always get good inspiration there. Put on some good tunes, get the sweat going…

Zumba is also a place of inspiration. While everyone else is focusing on the steps and how on earth they are going to live through the next song, I’m over there thinking up a complicated, futuristic sci-fi plot and visualizing the super dramatic opening scene.


Read a book/blog ABOUT writing.

I find that this can make me rather excited about writing. People talking about writing (whether it;s the process, publishing, or just a humorous post) gets me itching to write.

It may not bring a new idea, but it will give me that boost to get back to work.

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